Parent page: Working with Panels
The Snippets panel provides a simple and easy way to save and reuse sections of design circuitry or code. Saved Snippets can be added to any design without having to start from scratch each time. The Snippets system lets you save any selection of:
The Snippets panel is accessed by clicking the Panels tab (located on the bottom right-hand side of the main design window), then selecting Snippets from the pop-up menu. You can also access the panel by clicking View » Panels » Snippets.
The Snippets panel allows snippets to be organized into folders so that related snippets can be grouped together, making it easier for you to find. There are two types of folders in the Snippets system:
Top-level snippets folders are opened and closed from the Available Snippets Folders dialog. This dialog is accessed by clicking the Snippets Folders button at the top-right of the Snippets panel or by right-clicking within the panel and choosing Add » Snippets Folder.
Click Open Folder to browse to the required folder on your hard disk or network. The selected folder will be added to the list in the dialog and subsequently appear within the Snippets panel.
To remove a top-level snippets folder from the list (which is essentially closing it from a browsing perspective), select the folder in the list then click Remove Folder. You also can right-click on the folder in the Snippets panel then choose Remove » Close Snippets Folder. Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to change the order in which the top-level folders will be presented in the Snippets panel.
To add a new sub-folder to the overall Snippets structure, right-click within the Snippets panel then choose Add » Create New Folder. The Folder Properties dialog opens in which you can specify a name for the new folder and determine under which parent folder it is to be created.
A sub-folder can be renamed and moved under a different 'parent' folder at any time by right-clicking on the folder in the Snippets panel then selecting Properties. To delete a sub-folder, right-click on its entry in the panel then choose Remove » Delete Folder.
To store a Snippet in the Snippets panel, select the required circuitry on the schematic or PCB editor or code within a code-aware editor, then right-click and choose Snippets » Create Snippet from selected objects from the context menu. A Snippet can also be created from within the Snippets panel in the following way: with the object(s)/code selected in the editor, right-click in the Snippets panel then choose Create Snippet From Selection.
The Add New Snippet dialog opens in which you can define a name for the snippet, in which folder it should be stored, as well as any descriptive comment that describes the circuit or code fragment.
Once saved, the snippet will be created and will be displayed in the Snippets panel. Note that the name, folder location, and comment for a snippet can be changed at any time from the Snippet Properties dialog, which is accessed by right-clicking on the Snippet entry in the panel then choosing Properties from the context menu.
To place a Snippet in a design, select its entry in the Snippets panel then click the Place Snippet button at the top of the panel. You also can right-click on the entry for the Snippet then choose Place Snippet from the context menu.
To delete a Snippet, right-click on its entry in the Snippets panel then choose Delete Snippet.
To delete all Snippets in a particular folder, right-click on that folder then choose Remove » Clear Folder.
Right-click in the Snippets panel to access the following options and commands: